Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 10:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
General Development "Computers are ubiquitous in modern life. They offer us portals to information and entertainment, and they handle the complex tasks needed to keep many facets of modern society running smoothly. Chances are, there is not a single person in Ars' readership whose day-to-day existence doesn't rely on computers in one manner or another. Despite this, very few people know how computers actually do the things that they do. How does one go from what is really nothing more than a collection - a very large collection, mind you - of switches to the things we see powering the modern world?"
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You definitely are a rude, arrogant, and unintelligent little prick, aren't you?

Ah, if only I grew up with the privilege you imagine I had. Nope, sorry, just a very smart kid whose parents taught college English in a small town in the rural south of the US of A. Thanks to a friend in the computer science department, I got to get an Apple II which was used by everyone in my family. I wasn't the only one. In fact, most of the kids in my very normal public high school had computers - Tandy's, Amiga's, Commodore's, TI99's, Apple's, etc. We weren't as backwards as you might think, and yeah, computers really were common even then. No, not like today where 5 year old's have iPads, and every college student carries a mini-computer as a phone in the back pocket, but yeah, we still had computers. Sorry to bring you back to reality, kid.

Yes, any kid today COULD learn programming. But, listen, outside of your fucking little IT bubble world, most don't. Sorry, they just don't. They love having iPhones. They love iTunes. They love playing Angry Birds. But no, they really don't do a whole hell of a lot of programming - even basic shit.

I get paid to make predictions. Check back with me in five years, and we'll see whose predictions are more accurate.

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